Local hospitals complete Ebola training

In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients. So far, about 133 patients referred to the city's Health Department with Ebola-like symptoms have been cleared and the city hasn't yet had a confirmed case. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients. So far, about 133 patients referred to the city's Health Department with Ebola-like symptoms have been cleared and the city hasn't yet had a confirmed case. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio hospitals, including the Miami Valley, have now completed Ebola preparedness and response drills.

The drills included training on how to manage a patient suspected of having Ebola and proper use of protective equipment.

The Ohio Department of Health says there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio and none of the 163 people being monitored show any symptoms.

“Our hospital partners are doing their part to be prepared in case they have to treat a patient with Ebola,” said ODH Director Richard Hodges. “Training in how to manage an Ebola patient and the proper use of personal protective equipment is essential to ensure Ohio hospitals and their frontline staff are confident in their ability to safely care for Ebola patients.”

The ODH called upon hospitals last week to conduct the training drills within a two day span.

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